Rafael Devers became the youngest Red Sox player to homer in more than 50 years
Uber prospect Rafael Devers was called up to the Red Sox earlier this week. Although he went 0-for-4 in his first big league game on Tuesday, scouts have raved about his offensive abilities, saying "Devers' signature tool is his prodigious power to all fields, the product of impressive bat speed and strength."
Welp, in his first at-bat of the day during Wednesday's Red Sox-Mariners game, we all witnessed precisely what those scouts were talking about:
Yes, Devers' first MLB hit was an opposite-field moonshot -- measured by Statcast with a 108.5-mph exit velocity and a distance of 427 feet. Not a bad way to start a career.
Devers, at just 20 years, 275 days old, is also the youngest Red Sox player to homer in more than 50 years, since Tony Conigliaro homered at 20 years, 265 days old in 1965. Conigliaro's first homer came as a 19-year-old in 1964 ... and he continued to hit 24 total that year and 162 during his six-plus seasons in Boston.